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I am an artist from Iraq, but I am currently living in Sweden. The multicultural coexistence that I encountered in Sweden has a significant impact on me and my life. My art deals with cultural identity and the relationship between the unique and diverse, and how it affects my Iraqi identity. For better or worse.
I constantly seek and try to deepen the experiences that affect my cultural divide, but with one foot in the Middle East, and the other in Europe and Sweden. It is not only in painting that this duality is expressed and is constantly present, but also in other techniques that I work with, such as conceptual art and performing arts.
This feeling will be a part of my artistic expression for many years to come and in future work and studies. This is also why some of my works have a political significance to them, since the question of identity cannot be completely separated from political connotations.
Areej AL Mansory
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